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Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in America. It is happening to celebrities as well as everyone else.
Credit identity theft is the unauthorized use of your identifying information to open new financial accounts or use of your existing accounts to steal your money or charge items leaving you with the bills. Even though there are laws prohibiting this type of activity, you should take care to avoid becoming a victim.
Identity thieves are most interested in the personal information that would enable them pass as you. This includes Social Security numbers, date of birth, mother's maiden name and your existing account numbers at your financial institutions.
Identity thieves will try to get this information in many ways:
To keep your information private, here are some of the steps to consider:
Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
While there are no guarantees that these steps will prevent credit identity thieves from attacking you, the harder you make it for them to steal your identity, the less likely you are to become a credit identity theft victim.